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Re: gnome, kde, xfce use non-policy main menu

On 2008-07-09, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> Second: XDG has less features than debian-menu currently does. For
> instance,

The discussion is a bit confused, there's 2 not directly related issues:
a) the format in which the desktop entries are specified: i.e. menu file versus .desktop file
-> AFAIK there's no fundamental reason why Debian couldn't switch from
menu to .desktop to specify the desktop entries (aside from the
necessary coding not having been done to adapt menu to do so)
b) how we use those entries to build the menu
-> Basic issue here being the all-inclusive debian-menu versus the gnome-
style basic menu

> unless I'm mistaken it's not possible to specify in an XDG
> .desktop file that a particular application is a curses or similar
> application that requires an xterm or some such, which is possible with
> menu. Due to this feature, it's also possible to have a package like
> pdmenu for non-graphical systems.

incorrect: the desktop-entry standard [1] specifies a boolean key 'terminal' to do exactly that

In general I'm not aware of anything that can be specified in a menu file that can't be specified in a .desktop file (though I haven't sat

[1] http://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/desktop-entry-spec-1.0.html
Cheers, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis)

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